Every morning I get up at 6am, mainly because a certain kitty thinks that this is the appropriate time for food and begins a gentle assault on my face at around 5.30 in preparation for breakfast but also, because I like to give myself 30 minutes every morning in which I can watch an anime episode, read a couple of chapters of a manga or read a chapter of my book while I gently wake myself up before I do battle with the extremely temperamental thermostat on our shower.
I wouldn’t usually review or write about an anime until I am finished with it but this morning I watched the first episode of an anime that I had only heard of in passing and it has me so excited that I just couldn’t wait to put some of my thoughts on paper (screen, if you want to get technical).
This morning I thought I would try out ‘Hyouka’ and I am hooked already! The characters are so refreshingly kooky and the exchanges seem really natural and not at all forced. The thing that made it for me though was Houtarou Oreki, the main protagonist whose laid-back and lazy life philosophy is tested by the arrival of Eru Chitanda a very inquisitive and intelligent young girl who for some reason he can’t say no to.
Houtarou’s philosophy of “If I don’t have to do something, I won’t, but if I have to, I’ll do it quickly.” will undoubtedly lead to some very amusing events in the future of the series but it’s not that that draws me in, it just so happens that I love a tsundere and Oreki is a wonderful example of why! His Sherlock-esque deduction skills are kind of at odds with his gentleness and I can’t help but love the way he distracts Chitanda from the story of the ghost in the music room in favour of a mystery of his own fabrication so that he can preserve his own energy without offending her. There is a sweetness hidden beneath that stoic attitude and uninterested appearance that I can’t wait to see more of. (Plus he reminds me of Haru from Free!)
Oreki’s rational, practically mind is the perfect match for Chitanda’s curiosity and I expect that between them they will have a lot of exciting adventures. On top of this the art work and use of lighting is phenomenal, especially within Oreki’s imagination when he looks into Chitanda’s eyes.
I really can’t wait to watch Oreki fall further under Chitanda’s spell and am just dying to devour more of this series! Right now I’d recommend it just based on the animation alone!